Decorative Christmas Branch Tutorial

Posted on December 16th, 2015

If the Christmas Tree is occupying the living room and your hall or kitchen needs a little creative something this could be just the ticket and virtually free to make too. I know many of the decorations these days can be bought cheaply, but by choice I still like to upcycle things and bring nature into the house where I can. This festive branch is an easy Christmas craft to keep in mind if you are heading off on a woodland walk. The wild winds from the autumn storms have brought twigs and branches down all over; it wasn’t hard to find the one I wanted here on the farm at Coombe Mill. If you are looking for inspiration why not check out the Forestry Commission sites, they are encouraging stick foraging with their stick man trail and activities while you walk their specially maintained paths and would be delighted for you to take home a fallen branch to make a festive home decoration too.  

Decorative Christmas Branch Tutorial

What you’ll need

Branch

Old plant pot or kids play bucket

Christmas tree decorations *

Spray paint

Rounded Pebbles

Garden stones

Coloured poster paint

Scissors

Sellotape

Wool, string or other to hand decorations

Materials to make a Christmas Branch, A Coombe Mill Family Farm Holiday Craft

 

*For my decorations I have used simple paper snowflakes made by Guy, Christmas ribbon sticks, toilet roll Christmas trees and toilet roll post boxes, click on the links for tutorials on how to make each of these.

Method

  1. Paint your pebbles in pretty colours and leave them to dry. For a touch of glamour give one corner of the dried pebbles a highlight spray with the gold paint.

  2. Wedge your branch into the bucket or plant pot with some large heavy stones so it stands upright and stable.

  3. Spray the branch with gold spray, ideally outdoors, and leave to dry.

  4. Place a sheet of wrapping paper under the plant pot and draw the sides up folding the ends in around the large stones and use a piece of sellotape to secure if needed.

  5. Place the coloured pebbles over the top of the garden stones and wrapping paper to make a pretty finish to the pot.

  6. Add your chosen decorations.  

Step by Step Christmas Branch

A few additions you could try

Why not try an all natural branch with sprigs of holly or mistletoe hanging down

Use it as a Christmas message or Advent Tree with a different rhyme or saying for each day to open up.

Wind Christmas lights around to make it sparkle

Treat the children and hang chocolate pennies or Christmas chocolates.

Our Christmas Branch will go to decorate our craft and ping pong tent for the festive season and showcase all the decorations the children can make with us in our Christmas Activity Hour.

Other additions

Vlog Tutorial to make a Christmas Branch

 

This craft is part of my monthly upcycling linky #Trash2Treasure. It opens on the first Monday of each month, is sponsored by the lovely folk at Duck Tape Colours with a prize each month so please do come and join me there with any upcycled projects you have from big DIY projects to children’s crafts. The December link up is here.

 

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